MCA has accepted the decision of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) which rejected an application to organise the Better Beer Festival 2017 in the federal capital for security reasons.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said he raised the issue in the Cabinet meeting today and was informed that the decision was made for security reasons as advised by the police.
“I am satisfied with the information given during the meeting and as a responsible party and government, the safety of the public has always been our top priority,” said the Transport Minister when met by reporters after attending the Cabinet meeting here today. [...]
“To organise such an event, we must place utmost importance on public safety first and we should respect the decision and advice made by the authorities and police,” he said.
Whatever Liow said about the DBKL prohibiting the staging of The Better Beer Festival, he is totally f**ked.
Though the Malaysian problem is about beer festival and the Burmese about the persecution of the Rohingyas, one could say Liow is like Aung San Suu Kyi, damn if he/she complains, damn if he/she doesn't.
Suu Kyi's problems are graver, where the Burmese military could 'fix' her kau kau. Western critics have failed to understand her current precarious position which is markedly different from her previous incarceration by the military.
It would have been a terrible step backwards to now annoy the military (the real powers in Myanmar) and lose all, after having won so much, after having made much progress in the face of stern military powers. She needs to be tolerant and exploit what little confidence the military has in her to make another 'advance'.
But back in Malaysia, somehow the cabinet came up with a security angle to avoid issues of uber Islamic interference, perhaps to save Liow's face and inevitable accusations of boe-laan-hood, wakakaka.
Thus Liow should also don the longyi like Suu Kyi, wakakaka.
But this is not to say there is no security considerations where dissatisfied ultras may take it into their silly heads to possibly 'kacau' (disrupt) the Festival.
But the security issue seems a bit of an after-thought due to DBKL recalcitrant silence and reluctance to provide reasons for the prohibition of the Festival earlier. FT Minister Tengku Adnan was earlier also tight-lipped, tip-toeing through the tulips.
It would have been a different story if the anti-Festival people had first brought up the need to consider possible violent disruptions to the Festival, hence better and safer to ban it.
The reality is, with GE-14 just around the corner, no political party, be it UMNO, Pribumi or even the DAP, dares to question the ban on the Beer Festival as no one wants to annoy the Muslim voters.
Only individual politicians whose constituency won't be much affected by Malay voters or who are so ideologically 'pure' (like kaytee, wakakaka) dare to demand that DBKL backtracks from its prohibition of the Festival.
Taan Koo Koo Ler (tunggu selama2nya), wakakaka.